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IOT - Transforming the Logistics Industry

Posted on July 03, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In today’s fast-paced economy, the revolutionization of technology is a vital component of the logistics industry. The Internet of Things (IOT) is a device that allows for collaboration with other devices via the internet to transfer data without the need for human-to-human interaction. IOT aids in the ability to connect all individuals involved in the shipment process to the end consumer. The implementation of IOT can offer full-spectrum visibility to supply chain operations that may need improvements. IOT also unites informational and operational technology to reduce operating costs perform predictive maintenance to reduce inconsistencies within the infrastructure. IOT... Read More

What's Next for LTL?

Posted on June 16, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

There are pros and cons when using LTL as a shipping mode. Perhaps the simplest way to look at it is from a time vs. money perspective. Shipping via LTL is much cheaper than the full-truckload (FTL) alternative, but you sacrifice visibility and timeliness. Several indicators show that LTL is trending up in a big way in 2019.The first contributing factor to LTL’s predicted success in 2019 is the growth of E-Commerce. As we all know, more and more people are doing their shopping online instead of in person. This means that an increased amount of pressure will... Read More

What the IMO 2020 Entails

Posted on June 15, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

The shipping industry has 11 months until the International Maritime Organization's Sulfur Regulations, commonly referred to as IMO 2020, takes effect.  The shipping industry is one of the greatest contributors to pollution and carbon emissions on the planet. IMO 2020 will limit the sulfur content of ships’ oil and have far-reaching consequences throughout the environment and global economy. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, all carrier’s globally will have to reduce emissions from vessels with the use of bunker fuel with a sulfur content of 0.5%, compared with 3.5% sulfur in the high-sulfur fuel. Shipper’s will not need to make... Read More

The Need for Cargo Insurance

Posted on June 14, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Carriers do not guarantee the safe delivery of cargo. There is always the possibility that cargo will be damaged during the transportation process.  To make things worse, the carrier may not be responsible for the cargo loss or damage by the terms of the contract or as a matter of law. Ocean carriers in particular, are very well protected under the maritime law.  If your cargo is lost or damaged during sea transport – there is certainly no guarantee that the ocean carrier will be responsible. The bottom line is that cargo insurance is necessary to... Read More

Self-Driving Truck Company, TuSimple to Haul Mail for USPS

Posted on June 14, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Self-driving truck company TuSimple has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Postal Service to preform five round trips between their Phoenix, AZ and Dallas, TX distribution centers. This contract is supposed to take place over a two-week pilot program. The first run began on May 21, 2019 and is a journey of 1,000+ miles both ways. During the runs, TuSimple’s trucks will have a backup driver and a safety engineer on board to monitor the vehicles as they drive on the highway.TuSimple’s founder, president and chief of technology officer, Xiaodi Hou, announced, “Preforming for the... Read More

How Logistics Automation is Helping Companies Meet Delivery Needs

Posted on June 11, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In recent years, consumers’ and business buyers’ delivery expectations have increased. Next day delivery is a new trend that many businesses are implementing to meet increasing business demands. Some ways logistics service companies meet such requirements is through the introduction of logistics automation through the use of different processes such as cartonization, bar coding, and cloud computing. The definition of logistics automation, as explained by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the application of computer software and automated machinery to improve the efficiency of logistics operations.Cartonization is the process of using data from an online order to choose... Read More

"Systems are Currently Down"

Posted on June 10, 2019. Category: Logistics PublicationsTax PublicationsTrade Publications

“Systems are currently down” is a common phrase. You might have seen or heard it before, maybe when ordering online or trying to get an ice cream at the drive-through. For many years, companies only had physical threats to worry about. However, new threats are always emerging. If a company is not taking preemptive measures it could end like the following companies:Yahoo says all three billion accounts hacked in 2013 data theft Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing Target customers' card data said to be at risk after store... Read More

The Belt and Road Forum Aims for a Better World

Posted on June 07, 2019. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

The Second Belt and Road Summit forum was held in Beijing to discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature infrastructure project that began in 2013 to rebuild ancient trading routes across Eurasia.When Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and Southeast in September and October of 2013, he raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the BRI), which have attracted close attention from all over the world. The Belt and Road forum aims to promote the connection between Asian, European and African continents and their adjacent areas.... Read More

5G – Advancing Logistics & Global Connectivity

Posted on June 06, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In an era where consumers reign supreme, logistics, transportation and connectivity are paramount. Expectations from suppliers are at an all time high, heavily influenced by the “Amazon Effect” which pushes for faster, cheaper, often even free, delivery by customers. These expectations go hand in hand with the need for higher visibility, a faster more efficient supply chain and the robust communications network to support the exponential rise in global connectivity. For transportation, technology can be both the driving force of growth and the solution to problems that rising demands create worldwide. One way this is being done is... Read More

Game of Thrones and Hazmat Shipping

Posted on June 05, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

After eight long years, Game of Thrones has wrapped up its eighth and final season as of May 19, 2019. While viewers and fans have mixed opinions and feelings on the series finale, there are other things to mull over besides who should have been king or queen of Westeros. Throughout the series viewers have become aware of various dangerous materials found as far east as Qarth to as west as Highgarden. Game of Thrones is not a series just about battling for titles, dragons, and The Long Night, it is also about hazmat shipping. The series focuses strongly on hazardous items... Read More

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